• 9 Investigates medical marijuana legislation


    ORLANDO, Fla. - 9 Investigates took Eyewitness News viewers to California last month to show the unintended consequences of medical marijuana.

    That report was the basis for the state's argument against putting the initiative on the ballot next year.

    The state Supreme Court will decide if the wording on the legislation is too broad, as State Attorney General Pam Bondi alleges.

    Channel 9 anchor Greg Warmoth went to California and was easily able to get a license allowing him to be prescribed medical marijuana

    He monitored Thursday's hearing on the issue.

    Thestory received a lot of feedback. Proponents said via email, phone calls and social media that they were not happy with what the report found.

    Opponents of medical marijuana in Florida said the ease of getting a prescription is exactly what they are worried about.

    Cocoa Beach City Commissioner Skip Williams is so concerned about the unintended consequence of medical marijuana, he's holding a roundtable discussion next month.

    "That's one of the reasons we are being proactive," Williams said.

    He doesn't want Cocoa Beach to end up like Venice Beach. In southern California, there are so many places to buy pot, there is even an app for cellphones.

    The doctor who examined Warmoth was listed online as an ob-gyn and was apparently doing side work at a sidewalk "doctor's office."

    Warmoth went in and found it easy to get his hands on a prescription. It cost $350 but it was an approval for medical marijuana.

    That's what Pam Bondi and others are worried about.

    Orlando attorney John Morgan said it's up to legislators to control and it's not about the 75-word limit on the ballot's description.

    "People understand 'sickness,' 'illness,' 'condition,' and so if you want to start to parse words and make that the end all, be all -- but I don't think they're going to go there," Morgan said.

    The state said the big issue is what is a "debilitating disease" and if voters know what they will be approving and will it be too broad.

    In California, Warmoth said he didn't have to have cancer, or another serious disease to a prescription.

    He simply said, truthfully, that he has trouble getting to sleep.

    "What was spent a lot of time on in there, was what was debilitating, what we are saying is we trust doctors," Morgan said.

    The amendment backers, People United For Medical Marijuana, said opponents are twisting the truth and preventing the sick from legally obtaining help.

    The Supreme Court hasn't said when it will rule on the language. But if Morgan and proponents don't get the nearly 700,000 signatures, it won't matter. They must obtain those signatures by Feb. 1.

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